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15 May Workers Comp and Addiction

Workers compensation programs and the benefits that they provide go a great way towards helping families and workers who have been injured on the job, financially, so that they can afford medical care and to live while they can’t work. However, one aspect of these programs that many states are now realizing that they need to deal with is the fact that our current medical system places too much responsibility on powerful prescription medications that have a history of being addictive. This puts these programs in a precarious position where they might actually be doing more harm to some workers than good, if they should develop a dependency. Here is some information about workers comp and addiction...
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15 Mar Links Between Addiction and Athletes

Many people undertake sports or athletic activities as a way to be healthier. And athletes are much healthier than non-athletes, typically! However, there is one particular health problem that athletes might be more prone to, particularly because of their participation in athletics: addiction. A 2017 study released in February by the University of Alberta examined the link between the high risks of addiction that are found among people who are athletes, and especially those who partook in team sports. Here are some of the surprising links that contribute to this higher rate of addiction...
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Bottle of opioids spilled on counter

01 Feb Opioid Epidemic Might Peak in 2017

Addiction and substance abuse, we’d venture to say, is currently the number one largest health issue on the planet today. By far, the number of fatalities due to addiction have been driven upward by the increases that have been experienced in the opioid epidemic. However, according to one group of researchers, the opioid epidemic might just about be at its peak, after which it will finally relent and reach a manageable level. Here is some information about the light that might be at the end of the tunnel, regarding opioid addiction...
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A lady with a headache holds up drugs.

01 Dec How Addiction Creeps up on You

When many people view addiction, they find it easy to separate themselves from an addict. An addict is a theoretical “other” that is distant from our own lives. However, this is a dangerous mindset, as it ignores the reality of how addiction actually takes over our lives. Addiction is a plague that reaches into every demographic of American society. Trying to only view it from a distance is equal to pretending that it doesn’t exist, at all. The odds are that you probably know someone who is struggling with substance abuse, right now! The truth, though, is that nobody plans on being an addict; absolutely nobody. Yet, the rates of substance abuse continue to grow. Here is how addiction can creep up on you, regardless of whether you intend it to...
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A teenager lights up a joint.

22 Nov The Teen Drug Scene Part 4

‘The Teen Drug Scene’ is a 4 part series of articles that examines the particular dangers that teenagers face in the postmodern world, as it pertains to drug abuse and social pressures. Using facts and sociological examination, this series will focus on the different factors of the digital age that are adding to teenage drug abuse, such as social media, family life, and simply the pains of growing up. As well as the bad, though, this series will explore the ways that we can help guide young adults through growing up in the digital age in healthy and substantive ways.
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A heroin syringe with cocaine.

15 Nov The Teen Drug Scene Part 3

‘The Teen Drug Scene’ is a 4 part series of articles that examines the particular dangers that teenagers face in the postmodern world, as it pertains to drug abuse and social pressures. Using facts and sociological examination, this series will focus on the different factors of the digital age that are adding to teenage drug abuse, such as social media, family life, and simply the pains of growing up. As well as the bad, though, this series will explore the ways that we can help guide young adults through growing up in the digital age in healthy and substantive ways.
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A young woman stares at drugs.

08 Nov The Teen Drug Scene Part 2

‘The Teen Drug Scene’ is a 4 part series of articles that examines the particular dangers that teenagers face in the postmodern world, as it pertains to drug abuse and social pressures. Using facts and sociological examination, this series will focus on the different factors of the digital age that are adding to teenage drug abuse, such as social media, family life, and simply the pains of growing up. As well as the bad, though, this series will explore the ways that we can help guide young adults through growing up in the digital age in healthy and substantive ways.
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24 Sep Counter Isolation to Strengthen Youth Against Addiction

There are many factors that contribute to addiction and its risk. Certain individuals are at an especially high risk for addiction, whether that’s due to genetic causes, events and environment that they grew up in, or continuing mental health issues. There’s one group that is at an unusually high risk for addiction: the LGBT community. While about 9% of the population at large struggles with addiction, an estimated 20-30% of the LGBT community has the same problem. That means that gay or transgender teens are over twice as likely to struggle with addiction!
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